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A Victorian whodunnit that is absorbing from the start. The characters in the household where the unfortunate murder occurs are described in minute detail, as are their actions, feelings and daily lives. I had no idea this was a non-fiction novel based on a true mystery in 1860 and can only wonder how the author managed to intreweave such specific facts about the day to day lives of the characters, the facts concerning the surrounding areas and the subsequent details of the family in later life. This book is brilliant and taught me many things about personalities, policeing in the late 19th century and much much more. Once again fantastic!
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Summerscale's absorbing story of a historical murder in 19th century rural Somerset proved a best seller when it was first published, and it translates well here to the spoken word. Her clear and easy prose supports with ease some high quality research, and Walters' intelligent reading, with its bell-clear diction, well-judged pace, variety of intonation and well-judged levels of expression (something not all actors are capable of when it comes to audiobooks) combines to make this an engaging "listen".
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Still not convinced (spoiler) did it, but excellently researched, written and performed. Recommend for lovers of traditional detective stories and/or true crime....
Only one issue, shame it is abridged.